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28Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comThe Everest Region Home to the Sherpa people and the world's highest mountain, the Khumbu region offers spectacular trekking for serious trekkers and fit novices alike. Whilst climbing Mount Everest must be the mountaineer's ultimate objective, the trek to Everest Base Camp is a more achievable once in a lifetime experience for those of us who prefer to keep our feet on the ground. The Everest Dream - Steve Berry, Mountain Kingdoms MD'Despite completing some 60 or so treks and expeditions in the Himalaya, I had never actually gone to the foot of the world's highest mountain before. I was therefore thrilled to finally fulfil my dream and complete the Everest Base Camp Trek this spring with my 19 year old daughter, Katie. We enjoyed a very special time under perfect blue skies throughout. Reaching Base Camp was an experience and privilege for us both, and the whole trek was some of the best quality time we have ever spent together'.

29telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Himalaya The Everest RegionSummiteers lead Everest Treks A number of our Everest treks in 2011/12 will be led by Sherpas who have climbed Everest. These will predominately feature Nima Dorjee Sherpa and Phura Dorjee Sherpa (pictured below). All of our Everest treks are led by highly experienced and well-trained leaders who love nothing more than passing on their passion for the Khumbu region to their fellow trekkers.Interesting facts English Name: Mount Everest Nepalese Name: Sagarmatha Tibetan Name: Chomolungma Height: 8,850m/29,035ft - the highest mountain in the world First Ascent: 29 May 1953 - British Expedition - Ed Hillary (New Zealand) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Leader: Col. John Hunt First Female Ascent: 1975: Junko Tabei of Japan First Britons to Summit: 1975: Dougal Haston and Doug Scott First Solo Ascent: 1980: Reinhold Messner First British Female: 1993: Rebecca Stevens Most Successful British Expedition: 1993: Himalayan Kingdoms Ltd put 16 people on the summit. Leader: Steve Bell Fastest Ascent: 2004: Pemba Dorji Sherpa, 8 hours 10 minutes from base camp to summit. Achieved 21st May, 2004. Fastest Descent: 11 minutes: Jean Marc Boivin by paraglider Youngest Ascent: 2010: Jordan Romero, 13 year old American boyOldest Ascent: May 2008: Min Bahadar Surchan, 76 yrs Most Ascents: 20 ascents: Apa Sherpa (as at September 2010) The Mani Rimdu Festival Every autumn from the October full moon, Thyangboche Monastery is home to the famous Mani Rimdu Festival. Lamas (monks) wearing cockaded hats blow Tibetan horns and 'Black Hat' dancers twirl, dispelling evil demons. The three-day festival is a celebration of Buddhism, and Sherpa people trek from miles around to attend in festive garb. A number of our Everest treks attend the festival. Everest flights Why not fly from Kathmandu for a close up view of the highest mountain in the world? The early morning flight takes about one hour. The price includes hotel/airport transfers and is refundable if cancelled because of bad weather.Price available on request.